Should Mitt Romney repudiate Donald Trump? (+video)(Read article summary)
Mitt Romney is joining Donald Trump Tuesday evening in Las Vegas for a fundraiser that should raise $2 million, even as Trump is renewing his questioning of Obama's birthplace.
Should Mitt Romney repudiate Donald Trump? This question arises because A) Romney joins Trump for a fundraiser in Las Vegas Tuesday night, and B) Trump continues to question whether President Obama was born in the United States.
It's true – even though Obama has released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii, the Donald says he remains unconvinced of the citizenship of the nation’s chief executive. In an interview with the Daily Beast last week, Mr. Trump pointed to an old Obama bio from a literary agency that listed him as a Kenyan native.
The literary folks in question quickly corrected what they said at the time was an error, and an employee admitted the mistake. Trump thinks that’s suspicious.
“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth,” the developer/reality show host told the Beast’s Lloyd Grove.
On Tuesday, Trump doubled down, writing on his Twitter feed that Mr. Obama is “practically begging” Mr. Romney “to disavow the place of birth movement, he is afraid of it and for good reason.”
Unsurprisingly, the Obama campaign is all over this. The president’s camp released an ad Tuesday that contrasts Sen. John McCain correcting voters’ misinformation about Obama with Romney’s Trumpian embrace.